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For any enquiries on current Diary dates, contact the Circuit Office  








Sunday Study Group    y
at Bethnal Green Church, 12.30 - 14.00
Each week we watch an episode of Broken (with Sean Bean as Fr Michael) and discuss the challenging issues he is called upon to deal with in his community and congregation.
The film retains its impact, even if you've seen it once already! 
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BAND FOR LIFE invites you to mark Mental Health Awareness week by supporting their participation on Monday 14th May, 12.00-16.00 at the Atlee Centre, 5 Thrawl St, London. E1 6RT
in an event organised by the Inspire consortium (the local collective of community mental health organisations).  The Band plans to perform two 30 min sets during the afternoon.
All sorts of things will be going on during the day.  If anyone is able to attend for part or all of the time, please contact Sarah, who would love to hear from you!  Or just turn up and say hello.



Christian Aid Collection:  May 13 – 20 Christian Aid Week

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The need is very great as Christian Aid responds to emergencies around the world, as well as campaigning against the causes of poverty and the reality of climate change 

Please join us:
This Christian Aid Week,  we are holding a Big Brekkie event on: Saturday May 12th from 8.00am to 11.00am 
at Bow Road Methodist Church in aid of Haiti

Drop in and enjoy breakfast with a difference, meeting people from other local churches and learning about the work of Christian Aid. Christian Aid Week unites kingdom builders like you from all walks of life. We step out in mission for our neighbours, because we believe in life before death. 
We believe God’s kingdom is stronger than the storms.  CA Brekkie
If we raise £210, we could pay for two  days’ construction training for a local builder in Haiti. The builder could then build secure, comfortable homes for local people, giving them a safe place to weather the next disaster, and a fighting chance to build a better life.

Tuesday 15th May: Collection at Mile End tube station (on the stairs and in the booking hall )
 from 8 am - 6.30 pm. Can you help for an hour (or more?)

 To volunteer, or any questions: John Singleton 07805 802364


One tin at a time for Whitechapel Mission

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Very grateful for the latest carload of food, toiletries and clothes 
KEEP IT COMING!

Save us from being overwhelmed by the scale of the housing crisis.
Show us, O Lord, where to begin

Some of the items currently ‘desperate’ are: Nutella, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Coffee, Baked Beans, Honey, Instant Hot Chocolate and Plum Tomatoes (not chopped), plus toothbrushes, razors, men’s underwear, socks etc (See list on box in Churches for latest info).


Mission

Whitechapel Mission Champions -
Champion the cause 
Each of our churches now has a ‘Whitechapel champion’ who will act as advocate for the Whitechapel Mission in their congregations. Dedicated during the Circuit Service, they are: Sheila deWinter (Bethnal Green), Sarah Wilson (Bow Road) John Singleton (Poplar) and Jeanette Martin (Old Ford). 
This is an essential task for publicising the work of the Mission




Old Ford Church is open every Tuesday 13.30-15.00 for craft-work, coffee and cake.  Bring any craft you are working on.  Beginners welcome

Old Ford  

On the second Tuesday of each month, 12.30, there is a light lunch at Old Ford with an opportunity for conversation, prayer and then a short service. These are all open to anyone living locally, as well as to everyone across the circuit.  Next: Tuesday 8th May



 Monday 21st May 10:15am  Bethnal Green 150th – Pictures of the East End
The Zacchaeus Project have an open invitation for everyone to join them for a photo walk exploring the history of Methodism in Bethnal Green – and taking photos at the same time.

Disposable cameras will be available for taking pictures of what you see as we walk around. As well as looking at some familiar places in a new way, the photos will be used as part of the Mapping Memory project that we are taking part in with the University of Winchester.

Just come along to Bethnal Green Methodist Church for 10:15am, and enjoy the walk and taking photos. There will be more opportunities to take photos of the local area – watch this space.




Word in the News
Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm at Bethnal Green, Zacchaeus Project 

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Good Friday Walk at Bethnal Green Methodist Church 
Marking the opening of the Methodist Church on this site on Good Friday 1868

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2018 is the 150th anniversary of Bethnal Green Methodist Church
Our celebrations aim to link the past with the present and the future. The early years of Bethnal Green Methodist Church are very much tied in with the start of the National Children’s Home and Orphanage (now known as the national charity Action for Children) which was based in Bonner Road adjoining the church.   One idea we are developing and offering is Guided and Self-guided tours of Bethnal Green where congregation members and people from our community recall historical Methodist sights. The guide is available in printed form and is now online. Audio recordings will be made and edited to accompany the guide. 

Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July   Celebration Weekend for all ages 



The FoodCycle charity holds a community meal on Friday evenings 7pm at Bow Road church. The charity sources good quality food from supermarkets that is soon to reach its sell-by date. If you want to know more, visit the website (www.foodcyle.org.uk) contact Matt (matt@foodcycle.org.uk) or 020 7729 2775  More volunteers to assist would be welcome



LONDON DISTRICT CONFERENCE July 20 (6 pm) - July 22 (3 pm)
High Leigh Conference Centre Share stories, Learn about Migration, Equip Yourself to ‘Make a Difference’ This is a family event with a children’s and youth programme offered! 
Please let the circuit know if you are interested (020 8880 7301)



BAND FOR LIFE
 Fridays at Bow Road Church  See website
 Watch a clip of the group sing-a-long performed in the Roof Garden at Canary Wharf:

BAND FOR LIFE invites you to mark Mental Health Awareness week by supporting their participation on Monday 14th May, 12.00-16.00 at the Atlee Centre, 5 Thrawl St, London. E1 6RT
in an event organised by the Inspire consortium (the local collective of community mental health organisations).  The Band performs two 30 min sets during the afternoon.



T
ower Hamlets Circuit is registered for the Easyfundraising site, which means you can raise money for the church when you buy online via Easyfundraising.

1. Register as a user and choose “Methodist Church in Tower Hamlets” as your cause
2. Go to easyfundraising.org.uk first when you buy online. Find the retailer’s name, click through to their site and do your shopping
3. The church gets a percentage of what you spend
There are lots of retailers taking part including:  Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ebay, Amazon.co.uk, Clark’s, British Airways


For full address and details of each church in the circuit, see Congregations


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